Author Archives : Pastor Cheryl Griffin


About Pastor Cheryl Griffin

Pastor Cheryl Ann Griffin thinks God has a sense of humor for leading her into ministry, but can’t imagine doing anything else! Pastor Griffin received her BA degree from the College of William and Mary. She worked as an accountant before God led her to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where she received her Master of Divinity degree. In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Griffin is a member of the Ministerium Team and frequently leads small groups at synod youth events. She is also a representative to the VA Synod Council.


Daughters and Sons

Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, our scriptures begin.  In the beginning, what was thought to exist was a watery void.  God separated the waters and brought into being sky. Then God gathered the waters into lakes and oceans and rivers, and dry land appeared.   […]


God’s Duet

  Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]     Fourth Sunday of Advent December 23, 2018   Are you ready?  Tomorrow night is Christmas Eve.  Two more days until Christmas!  Christmas brings with it many different emotions, sometimes all in one day. There is a time for every season. It may be this is the year that you are grieving […]


Turn Around

Luke 1:68-79  Luke 3:1-6     2ndSunday in Advent   Our Gospel reading this morning begins with a list of the top seven people in “Who’s Who in the world of the rich and powerful.”  While names like Tiberius and Lysanias are not on the tips of our tongues, their mention would evoke a strong response […]


What Is Truth?

John 18:33-37 Lectionary 25 Christ the King Sunday “What is truth?” Pilate asked.  Every time I hear this question, I think of Jack Nicholson on the witness stand, in the movie A Few Good Men, emphatically saying, “You want the truth?  You can’t handle the truth.” That’s true for all of at one time or […]


Blessed Are the Poor

Matthew 12:38-44 Lectionary 32 ~ Pentecost 25   We have had a couple weeks of horror, and I am not referring to the midterm elections.  In Thousand Oaks, California, only days after the killing of thirteen people, raging wildfires in that same area drove people from their homes.  A couple of weeks ago, after finding […]


A Generous God

Mark 19:17-31  Lectionary 28 ~ Pentecost 21 In case you have not noticed, we are a generous congregation! This year, we donated over 200 pairs of sneakers to children so that they could begin the new school year without the embarrassment of wearing worn out shoes that don’t fit.  As a result of our scholarship […]


Pruning

  Mark 9:38-50 Lectionary 26    Pentecost 19 “’If your hand or your foot gets in God’s way, chop it off and throw it away” Jesus says.  “You’re better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owner of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire. And if your eye distracts […]


Losing Your Life

Mark 8:27-38 Lectionary 24 ~  17thSunday after Pentecost What kind of investor are you?  How much are you willing to risk in order to gain? Are you conservative, hiding your dollar bills under your mattress?  Are you one who takes risks, helping to fund speculative start-up companies?  Maybe you keep your money in safe savings […]


Do You Also Wish to Go Away

John 6:56-69 14thSunday after Pentecost ~ Lectionary 21 This is our fifth Sunday reading from the 6thChapter of John’s Gospel.   Have you had your fill of bread yet?  This series of readings began with a large crowd following Jesus because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick [John 6:2b].  They were […]


Knowledge and Wisdom

  Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58  Lectionary 20  Pentecost 13   Knowledge and wisdom are two attributes that our society values.  Access to knowledge is easier today than ever before.  Books, documentaries, and the internet are readily available resources, as long as you can discern fact from fiction.  Having knowledge does not necessarily make a person wise. […]